On June 15, 2012, in elk-suede-soled slippers Nik Wallenda hopped onto a tightrope that stretched over Niagara Falls from the US to Canada. With his father’s encouraging voice in his ear, he balanced himself with a 30-foot pole and praised Jesus Christ with each tiptoed step.
The 33-year-old Wallenda follows in the footsteps of a funambulist family. In the last seven generations, several have perished during their daring acts. In this tradition that continually raises the stakes, he became the first person to walk directly over the falls.
He began like a ballerina with cautiously pointed footwork. It was a spectacular promenade over 1,800 feet of wire. Near the end, he threw caution to the wind and raced to the open arms of his waiting family. The Canadian authorities (gleefully) stamped his American passport. Nik Wallenda declared that he hadn’t brought anything with him, apart from his passport and a balancing pole.
On September 14, 1860, Charles Blondin became the first person to cross a tightrope stretched 11,000 feet across the Niagara Falls. He walked back and forth several times … each time with a different daring feat – once in a sack, on stilts, on a bicycle, in the dark, and blindfolded. One time he even carried a stove and cooked an omelet in the middle of the rope! He also crossed while pushing a wheelbarrow holding a sack of potatoes.
He asked the attentive crowd: “Do you believe I can carry a person across in this wheelbarrow?”
For the rest of this truly unique story, follow the link: http://www.inspire21.com/stories/faithstories/CharlesBlondin
Photo source for Charles Blondin: http://history1800s.about.com/od/popularentertainment/ig/Images-of-Blondin/
Short video about Blondin’s amazing feats: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lii9j95tqIw&feature=related